Sales personnel will be able to use the tablets to show videos and other content about the company's insurance products.
Yasuda sales teams previously prepared insurance proposals on Windows XP-based PCs and then printed them out for customers, Microsoft said in a blog post that also noted it's one of the largest Windows 8 tablet deployments in Japan to date.
WPCentral reports that the tablet is listed on the website of CDW.com – one of Microsoft’s authorized vendors.
The model is expected to go on sale imminently and will become available in the next week, although it is not yet known if it will reach other Microsoft retail partners.
“There will be limited availability of a 256GB version of Surface Pro in the U.S. exclusively through the commercial channel and the authorized Surface resellers,” said Microsoft in a statement to The Next Web.
The 256GB Surface Pro launched in Japan last month and while it retains the same features as the 32GB and 64GB models, the additional solid state drive [...]
The new Surface Pro tablet is due to reach Japan on June 7 and will sell for approximately $1,170, according to Liveside.net.
Microsoft has since said that the tablet will come to a number of other regions, but chose not to identify these countries in an email exchange with CNET.
The report comes from the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and details how the global enterprise mobility market will bring in $140 billion a year by 2020, representing a 15% annual growth in revenue for the next seven years.
Indeed, such is the growth in this sector that the India-based firm predicts that enterprise mobility will account for 10-12% of total IT spend by the end of the forecast period, impressive figures given the current penetration is under 5%.
Much of the growth in enterprise mobility space is expected to come from Asia and South America (APAC), according to the report, which is growing at a compound annual growth rate [...]
But this isn't just static digital signage. The iPads will be “strategically positioned” throughout the store and feature content relevant to items for sale that are in close proximity.
This would include not just items for sale, but style suggestions and other marketing messages. Control Group, a consulting firm that designed the system for Kate Spade, says the iPads will also feature user-generated images designed to “encourage engagement with the brand and its products.”
The iPads are being positioned at Kate Spade’s flagship store in Tokyo, which just opened on March 2nd. The company says it plans to include the iPad signage [...]
To most, this is not a problem waiting for a high tech solution. A simple wipe with a cloth (or a damp cloth for dirtier screens) usually does the trick.
But gadget freaks who really, really, really want to make sure the screen on their smartphone or tablet is clean might want to check out the Auto Mee S from Japanese vendor Takara Tomy.
Spotted by gadget site Gizmodo (which called it “overkill”) the Auto Mee S is like a mini-version of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaners.
Coming to Japan in March for $17 each, the Auto Mee S will be available in a choice of orange, blue, pink and white colors. It has 2 rotating cleaning papers and 3 tires on its [...]
The firm's 'Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast' report reveals that tablets will grow from 121 million units in 2012 to 416 million by 2017, during which time notebooks will experience a more gradual climb from 208 million units to 393 million.
As a result of this, DisplaySearch reckons tablets will top laptop shipments in 2016, but says notebooks will still account for 49% of mobile PC shipments by the end of the forecast period.
DisplaySearch says tablet sales will mainly be driven by the mature markets of North America, western Europe and Japan, although their share of shipments (66% in 2012) is due to drop slightly to 60% in 2017, indicating [...]
The new Samsung AdHub Market, Powered by OpenX is set to be launched as a private exchange available specifically to advertisers looking for mobile ad inventory on smartphones and tablets.
And there may more ad network shoes to fall. Samsung said Adhub is expected to launch sometime in the second half of this year and is part of its vision to offer sophisticated targeted solutions to advertisers.
Using a real-time bidding model, the AdHub exchange is designed to let app developers get the most from their ad revenue by selling their inventory to buyers who compete for each impression in a real-time auction with a minimum floor [...]
For 2011 tablet sales to end users are slated to reach 67 million units globally, and more than quadruple by 2015.
If 2011 is remembered as a big year for tablet sales, 2015 will be a humungous year if the forecast from Transparency Market Research proves to be accurate. There’s no question tablet sales have a lot of momentum. The 67 million sales for this year is a 276.5% increase over the 17.8 million sold in 2010.
“Form factor plays crucial role in adoption of tablet devices. Our research indicates that consumer purchased the largest number of Tablet devices with screen size ranging 8-inch and 10-inch; [...]
In Japan the answer to that question appears to be “bring on the iPads” and building what has been called “one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.”
Tsutaya, the Blockbuster Video of Japan, operates over 1,400 video rental stores, bookshops and boasts 38 million members. Like many retailers on Japan’s sickly high street Tsutaya has been suffering of late and has been struggling to survive the digital age.
“Tsutaya is definitively hurting, and the bleeding will not be stopping anytime soon,” says Tokyo-based technology analyst Steve Nagata.
So concerned was Muneaki Masuda, founder of Tsutaya and one [...]